Russian threats push Finland toward joining NATO alliance

Russian threats push Finland toward joining NATO alliance

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Finland’s leaders Thursday came out in favor of applying to join NATO, and Sweden could do the same within days, in a historic realignment on the continent 2 1/2 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine sent a shiver of fear through Moscow’s neighbors. The Kremlin reacted by warning … Read more

Protesters vent fury at French company for staying in Russia

Protesters vent fury at French company for staying in Russia

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A man in a Russian military uniform stood at the entrance of a large home improvement store in Poland’s capital, saluting shoppers and thanking them for funding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. His chest bedecked with medals, Polish activist Arkadiusz Szczurek was protesting at a French-owned retailer Leroy Merlin … Read more

Russia pummels port of Odesa in attempt to disrupt supplies

Russia pummels port of Odesa in attempt to disrupt supplies

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine – Russia pummeled the vital port of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and Western weapons shipments as Ukraine’s foreign minister appeared to suggest the country could expand its war aims. With the war now in its 11th week and Kyiv bogging down Russian forces and … Read more

Ukraine shuts off Russian pipeline amid talk of annexation

Ukraine shuts off Russian pipeline amid talk of annexation

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine shut down a pipeline Wednesday that carries Russian natural gas to homes and industries in Western Europe, while a Kremlin-installed official in a southern region seized by Russian troops said the area will ask Moscow to annex it. The immediate effect of the energy cutoff is likely to be limited, … Read more

Ukraine cuts Russia gas at 1 hub, underlining risk to supply

Ukraine cuts Russia gas at 1 hub, underlining risk to supply

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine stopped the flow of Russian natural gas through one hub that feeds European homes and industry on Wednesday, while a pro-Kremlin official in a southern region seized by Russian troops said it would ask Moscow to annex it. The remarks could be another sign of Russia’s broader plan for Ukraine … Read more

Biden signs Ukraine bill, seeks $ 40B aid, in Putin rejoinder

Biden signs Ukraine bill, seeks $ 40B aid, in Putin rejoinder

WASHINGTON (AP) – Washington sought to portray a united front against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan measure to reboot the World War II-era “lend-lease” program, which helped defeat Nazi Germany, to bolster Kyiv and Eastern European allies. The signing Monday came as the US Congress is poised to unleash … Read more

Russia pounds Odesa as civilian bodies uncovered elsewhere

Russia pounds Odesa as civilian bodies uncovered elsewhere

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Russia pounded away at Ukraine’s vital southern port of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, as they announced they found the bodies of 44 civilians in the rubble of a building in the northeast that was destroyed weeks ago. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian official said that at least 100 civilians remain trapped at … Read more

Crucial NATO decisions expected in Finland, Sweden this week

Crucial NATO decisions expected in Finland, Sweden this week

STOCKHOLM (AP) – To join or not to join? The NATO question is coming to a head this week in Finland and Sweden where Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shattered the long-held belief that remaining outside the military alliance was the best way to avoid trouble with their giant neighbor. If Finland’s president and the … Read more